In two stages, Gillermo Zuaznabar's work contrasts topography and typography, two ways of representing a border. The topography, drawn by architect and cartographer Alessandro Isastia (Milan, 1971) illustrates the geographical condition of the Bidassoa country. This cartographic reconstruction employs digital technology printed on rice paper.
Placed alongside it, there is an oil painting of the same length. Hanged on the wall, the oil painting depicts 'Riuiere de Bidassoa' written in 17th Century autographic typography and in pinkish, pearl grey and silver tones, the range of colours of the bodily fluids that established the border in 1659. The typographic painting, juxtaposed with the geography, renders a landscape that looks at the pictorial tradition and history of the Bidassoa River.
Author: Gillermo Zuaznabar